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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Feb 22, 2010 11:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

Hey dead -

Mrs. Mando uses just about all of the culinary herbs. The Syrian Oregano and Orange Balsam Thyme are great in just about anything. She makes summer sun teas with the verbena. The rest of the is mostly for the eye and nose. She uses them as companion plantings in our square foot garden beds (all 640+ square freakin' feet that need to be turned again in a few weeks) as natural pesticide and pollinator attractors.

What she doesn't use to cook with she either dries or freezes. We have had a lot of luck the past few years pulling seeds out and mailing around to friends and family.

Once the season gets going if you want any, just drop me an email at mandojamr at yahoo dot com with your contact info and I'll get some seed or dried herbs to you.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Feb 22, 2010 11:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

Also, are you all making essential oils for the eye/nose application?

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Feb 22, 2010 11:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

We are going to try to do some oil extraction this year with the lavendars and rosemary.

Also thinking about planting some Russian Comfrey to try as a medicinal poultice. If nothing else it is an amazing compost since it has very high concentrations of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous. It's hard to grow since rabbits and gophers love it - but that's what my trusty .22 is for. A couple of high subsonic Remington Yellowjacket rounds and the varmint won't know what hit him and the neighbors won't hear a thing (except perhaps the bolt racking back).

If there is an herb that will grow in Zone 8A it's in our backyard.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Feb 22, 2010 11:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

Thank you for your kind offer, Mando :)

Companion planting techniques are so infinitely interesting! I had never heard of using any of those plants as companions so its definitely eye-opening! It just makes sense that these plants have so many uses when planted in a certain way. The best solutions are ones that address all of the related issues at once and companion planting does just that!

I don't have my own garden yet but where I worked, we used marigold, borage, and basil with good effects around tomatoes.

Also, separating your rows of potatoes with rows of bush beans will stymie the Colorado beetles' ability to wreak havoc :)

Have fun with the compost - Hope you got your wheelbarrow bushings greased up :)

"the work of his day measures more than the planting and growing" LET IT GROW

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Feb 22, 2010 12:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 69... DIVE DIVE

Basil was superb around our tomatoes for a pesticide, but we had to resort to chemical warfare for a bout of early blight and septoria. We also use marigolds, pansy, cornflower (and likely other stuff I forgot).

Mrs. Mando had three kinds of basil going - Sweet Italian - very tasty, classic basil; Thai Basil - so sweet it was almost hot and African Blue Basil - very pungent and great in sauces and cooking. Every now and then Mrs. Mando would sneak a few leaves into my salads just to watch my eyes water. African Blue is sterile and doesn't produce seed, so you have to cut plantings and put them in water for a few weeks - we've had ours for three years now and it's almost big enough to climb.

We use cat pee in our potato beds (more accurately, that's where the cats have decided they are going to pee).

Good thing sweet potatoes like acidic soil - had no issues with Colorado beetles last year. We had marigolds, two jalapeno, two serrano and a habanero plant in the potato beds and pulled almost 70 pounds out of a 10' x 4' box.

Who'd have thunk I'd get such a kick out of gardening? Very rewarding though - we grew 90% of the vegetables we ate last summer in our backyard from May through October.